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Death of a Pop Star
     

Death of a Pop Star

by 9th Wonder
 
A surprise pairing, for sure, but there's a great chemistry between rapper David Banner and producer 9th Wonder on Death of a Pop Star. The former Little Brother member adjusts his production style a tad, but it's Banner that totally shocks, successfully flowing in an introspective style if he needs to deliver a message and then

Overview

A surprise pairing, for sure, but there's a great chemistry between rapper David Banner and producer 9th Wonder on Death of a Pop Star. The former Little Brother member adjusts his production style a tad, but it's Banner that totally shocks, successfully flowing in an introspective style if he needs to deliver a message and then switching into brute mode when he needs to drive words through thick skulls. He's got plenty to say too, as the opening "Diamonds on My Pinky" ponders "Boys club closing while they building P.F. Chang's" while the slow-rolling highlight "The Light" warns of both the death of hip-hop and society itself with "Rappers is turnin' into singers/Preachers touchin' the kids." Wonder's beats are the kind of top-notch, scratchy soul he excels at, but the real attraction here is Banner's coming off as a more layered and complicated artist than previously, with every rhyme he spits being a step in the right direction. Even when things get easy and romantic, he is the reason the Ludacris feature "Be with You" is an above-average bedroom number, and when it comes to getting soulful with Erykah Badu, "Silly" is the symbiotic proof he's more than able. All that said, Death of a Pop Star has morphed from a mixtape, to a full album, and then into this final, rather short release, and while it's sold as a conceptual piece inspired by the end of music industry, it does go off topic without warning. In the end, Death of a Pop Star seems like a sampler for something much bigger, but fans of innovative hip-hop will still be thrilled to hear that Banner has joined their ranks and taken a position on the front lines.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/2010
Label:
Ent. One Music
UPC:
0099923213024
catalogNumber:
2130

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

9th Wonder   Primary Artist
Melodye Perry   Vocals
Warryn Campbell   Bass,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
David Banner   Keyboards
Bruce Buechner   Vocals
Dontae Winslow   Horn
Carlos Ricketts   Vocals
Joi Starr   Vocals
Kevin Williams   Flute

Technical Credits

Scott Parker   Trainer
Warryn Campbell   Additional Production
Lavell Crump   Executive Producer
David Banner   Additional Production
John Franck   Marketing
9th Wonder   Producer,Engineer
Dee "Pitboss" Sonaram   Promoter
Marleny Dominguez   Label Direction
Shadow Stokes   Promoter
W. Campbell   Composer
Chris Herche   Marketing
Giovanna Melchiorre   Publicity
Anthony Daniels   Engineer
Shawnte Crespo   Marketing
Caroline Yim   Booking
Courtney Lowery   Publicity
Heather Victoria   Composer
Larry Tyler   Management
Charley Greenberg   Marketing
Annette Navarro   Art Direction

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